Fairgoers should have a wonderful weekend with lots to do; but you don’t have to be just a spectator. Have you made a quilt, a hooked rug, a basket. a piece of art or other fine craft? Perhaps you made some amazing preserves, or the best maple syrup ever? What about a great photo Do you have a baked good recipe that you thing might be a blue ribbon winner? What about decorating a cake? Do you have the biggest zucchini ever or a giant pumpkin? Maybe you have some uniquely shaped vegetables that would be perfect for the vegetable art competition. Well if you think you have something worth sharing and showing off, you can still enter it in the Sandwich Fair.
To enter an item into one of the contests in the exhibit halls, go to www.thesandwichfair.com and download an entry form. Complete one form for each department you enter (rules and regulations are in the Exhibitors Handbook and on the website). Bring your form and item(s) to the Hodge Building on the Sandwich Fairgrounds between 3 and 8 pm on Friday evening, October 9. There will be a table in the middle of the Hodge Building where you can have an exhibitor number assigned and the volunteers will direct you to the appropriate department chairs who will make sure your forms are complete and that each entry is labeled and received. Some folks may have already downloaded forms and received an exhibitor number via mail, e-mail, or FAX (603-284-7216); those folks can just go to the individual departments. No handbook or computer? No problem. Everything you need to enter item will be available in the Hodge Building.
After you have made your entries, walk over to the midway for Friday Night rides and fair food. No admission is charged on Friday night and you can ride the rides from 4-9 pm with a ride bracelet which can be purchased from Gillette Shows in the midway for $20. Friday night the exhibit halls and the animal barns will be closed to the public. There are no events going on Friday night—just rides, food, and fun!
All items in the Exhibit Halls will be judged between 8 PM Friday night and 9 AM Saturday morning when the exhibit halls open to the public. All entries must stay on display until Monday, October 12 at 5 PM. Pick-up of exhibits is Monday from 5-6:30 PM. Please note vehicles will not be allowed on the fairgrounds until 6 PM on Monday.
Make sure to bring a camera and take lots of photos for the Annual Sandwich Fair Photo Contest (A personal request from me, Diane Johnson : Please don’t upload and try to send your photos to all your friends from the fairgrounds during the Fair. All the cellphone use overloads the cell towers and cell service becomes very slow or impossible for everyone. For those of us who us who depend on wireless service, or for people needing to make an emergency phone call on a cellphone, this can be an issue.) Have fun at the Fair!
Please note that dogs/pets are not allowed on the Fairgrounds so please don’t bring them and don’t lock them up in the car. Properly marked/documented Service Dogs/animals are allowed.
The official opening of the Sandwich Fair will be at 8 AM on Saturday, October 10. The fair committee invites people to gather at the flagpole just inside the gate at the top of the Squam Lake Road Parking lot for an opening ceremony. On Saturday, October 10th gates are open from 8 AM until dusk, Sunday, October 11th, 8 AM until dusk and Monday 8am until 5 PM. A ride special is available in the midway on Saturday from 9-2 when you can purchase a bracelet which allows the wearer unlimited rides for $20. Please remember that we are now in the fall season and that temperatures fluctuate quite a bit from hour to hour. Wear layers and plan ahead for a lot of fun. Admission is $10 for adults (13 and over), 8-12 year olds are $3, 7 and under are free. On Monday only seniors 60 and older are $4.